Of Decay and Love by Aneek Chatterjee

I came across a carefully

decorated mask,

but took it as a reliable face

Generous smile killed me

with sharp edges of a

splendid, but forgotten knife

Frequently down with convincing

monologues, only to discover

cock and bull stuff at night

Soulmates, life and I

played hide and seek in lanes

and by-lanes, swanky office

But still I ventured life,

love and faith

in times of horror, decay

Aneek Chatterjee is an Indian poet and academic from Kolkata and author of Seaside Myopia: A Book of Poems (, 2018). His recent credits are: The Stray Branch, Ann Arbor Review, Montreal Writes, Duane’s PoeTree, Scryptic Magzine of Alternative Art and Literature, The Pangolin Review, Taj Mahal Review, Eskimo Pie, Chicago Record Magazine; and poems in eight antholgies, all published from the USA.